By Jacquie Humphrey
October 15, 2013
Two new members joined Leesville Council during the October meeting.
Following council’s appeal at the September meeting for residents to fill three vacant seats, two residents visited the Oct. 8 meeting expressing interest to join council.
Solicitor Jason Jackson administered the oath of office to both Fred Guthrie and Daniel Traxler, bringing the number for Leesville’s filled council seats to five. Guthrie has previous experience as a council member.
In an unrelated matter, Councilman Dan Baer asked Solicitor Jackson about the possibility of the village establishing an income tax in order to generate funds from the new gas processing plant being constructed outside of the village.
Baer said that he understood that there is a method for villages to gain income tax revenue from outside the village limits by working in conjunction with a township.
Jackson explained that while this is certainly a possibility, the situation is not nearly as cut and dried as it may appear. First the residents of Leesville would have to vote favorably on an income tax and then the company in question would have to agree.
Council briefly discussed this issue and took no action.
In other business, council:
-SCHEDULED trick or treat Oct. 31 from for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate should turn on their porch light.
-APPROVED spending $300 for additional patch materials for Green Street.
-DISCUSSED new signs approaching the village circle and the traffic pattern in the area.
-PASSED an emergency ordinance establishing sewer system regulations for the village’s proposed sewer system.
-ACCEPTED a counter offer from landowner Joe Nign for property acquisition.
-REVIEWED multiple notices from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
-ANNOUNCED there remains one vacant council seat.
Anyone who is interested in serving in serving on council should send a letter of interest to PO Box 204, Leesville, OH 44675 or attend a council meeting.
-SCHEDULED the next meeting Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in village hall.